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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

deep thought (re our ratings systems)

There is something truly wrong with the world when the dry history lesson of The Conspirator, the bland niceness of Larry Crowne, and the soul-crushing hellishness of Transformers: Dark of the Moon are all rated the same by our entertainment overlords.
I mean, is this insane, or what:

The Conspirator
MPAA: rated PG-13 for some violent content
BBFC: rated 12A (contains moderate violence and a hanging scene)

Larry Crowne
MPAA: rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content
BBFC: rated 12A (contains moderate sex references and one use of strong language)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
MPAA: rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo
BBFC: rated 12A (contains moderate action violence and one use of strong language)

In what universe — except for the bonzo one we live in — are “intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction” the equivalent of “some violent content” and “brief strong language”?



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